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Kresta in the Afternoon – March 10, 2021 – Hour 2

Al shares some thoughts on prayer and talks with Bill Cook about what made Gregory so Great.

Kresta Comments: “I’ll Pray for You”

Have you ever promised to pray for a friend, a loved one, or someone who you heard was struggling – only to realize a few days later you can’t remember what you’re supposed to pray for? Do these prayers still “count?” Al discusses.

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Al’s thoughts on praying for others

What Made Gregory so Great?

Pope Gregory the Great wrote more prolifically than any of his predecessors, so much so that he is known in the East as St Gregory the Dialogist. He was the first pope to come from a Monastic background and did immense work to improve the welfare of the people of Rome. March 12 used to be his Feast Day, but it was moved to September 3 – the day his Papacy began. Bill Cook joins us.

William Cook is Professor Emeritus of History at State University of New York – Genesceo, where he taught on Medieval and Renaissance Europe and Church History. He is the president of the Bill Cook Foundation, which helps poor children in 29 countries go to school. Visit He is the author of several books including “The Medieval World View: An Introduction” and has hosted nine Great Courses lecture series, including one called “The Cathedral.”

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